Cowardly Donors Should Stand Behind Their Shameful “Don’t Vote” ad

Washington, D.C.—Nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog Campaign Money Watch responded to a new television ad in Nevada urging people not to vote on Election Day.

“I thought I had seen every dirty trick imaginable from these shadowy outside groups spending millions to influence our elections, but using anonymous funds to tell people not to vote is just patently offensive and anti-democratic,” said David Donnelly, director of Campaign Money Watch. “’Latinos for Reform’ should come clean about who’s footing the bill for this shameful ad.”

“We may not know the names of the donors, but we know precisely who’s funding it—people who want elections in the hands of corporate and special interests, instead of everyday Americans” continued Donnelly. “Every politician—regardless of party affiliation—must condemn this ad and the cowardly donors behind it.”

An organization called “Latinos for Reform,” led by Republican political consultant Robert Desposada, has begun airing a television ad on Spanish-language television stations in Nevada with the message, Don't vote this November.” The original cost of the ad buy, according to news reports, is $800,000. So far the organization has failed to disclose its donors.

The ad, and details of the buy, can be found at http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1010/AntiReid_group_to_Hispanic_voters_Dont_Vote.html?showall.

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Campaign Money Watch works to hold politicians who are against comprehensive campaign finance reform accountable for where they get their political donations. Learn more at www.campaignmoneywatch.com.